FT: Leicester 1 Watford 0

Leicester 1 Watford 0. Nugent back on the score sheet for the Foxes, and they establish a narrow first leg lead in this play-off semi-final. Still all to play for.

90+5
Drinkwater on for the closing stages. The free-kick comes to nothing as the flag goes up against Kane. Leicester almost there. Geijo unable to keep the ball in play. Throw to the Foxes.

90+4
Hall with a clumsy challenge on King, and he goes into the book. Final seconds and Leicester can take their time with another free-kick. As they wait, Knockaert makes way for Drinkwater.

90+3
Final change made by Watford, with Vydra making way for Forestieri - a man the Hornets may go with from the start in the return leg as they go looking for goals.

90+2
Anya finds space on the right and is able to cut inside Schlupp. The ball ends up on his root foot 20 yards from goal, but he slices a horrible effort high, wide and not very handsome.

90+1
The ball breaks in the box for Dyer. He is forced a little wide and has to shoot on the turn. His effort is hammered clear from in front of his own goal by Cassetti.

Four minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

90
Kane bundled out of play and wins a free-kick off Hall. Watford not helping themselves. Free-kick played square to Dyer. Leicester happy to hold what they have. De Laet wins a throw and is in no rush to take it.

89
Almunia okay to continue. Vydra on the ball for Watford, but he has no support and is crowded out by the corner flag. Leicester can't clear, but have plenty of bodies back.

88
Dyer pops up on the right. He feeds a clever pass into the box for Knockaert to challenge for. Brave keeping from Almunia as he slides at the Leicester man's feet to gather. Almunia stays down and will require treatment.

87
De Laet into Knockaert, but his touch is poor. Dyer then sprung into space by Morgan. Cassetti able to hack clear from the middle of the box. Watford haven't offered anything since going behind.

86
Another change by Watford, with Doyley making way for Hall. Hardly a game-changing swap. Watford looking to tighten up and keep themselves in the tie.

85
Anya concedes a needless throw. Leicester work the ball to King. He tries a reverse pass back towards Dyer. Right idea, but too much on the final ball and it slides behind for a goal kick.

84
Kane working hard, putting pressure on Cassetti. He ends up conceding a throw deep inside his own half. All unravelling for Watford. They must make sure they don't concede a second. Leicester full of confidence and crowd in full voice.

83
What have Watford got left in the tank? They would have been happy to go back to Vicarage Road all square. They are all over the place at the moment, with Knockaert planting a header at Almunia at the back post.

82
GOAL LEICESTER - NUGENT. Knockaert whips a free-kick from the left into the heart of the box. Nugent able to rise highest in the middle and glance a header into the top corner. Big goal for the Foxes.

81
Free-kick given against Esktrand as he climbs on the back of Kane. He had no need to try and get to the ball. Cheap foul to give away as Knockaert lines up another set-piece.

80
Briggs thinks he has won a corner, and gets one. Leicester were saying it was a throw. Schmeichel comes to meet the set-piece, and just about gets enough on the ball to see it to safety. He came flying through the air and was almost caught underneath the flight of the ball.

79
I suppose the conditions have played some part tonight, with it difficult for either side to play pretty football in high winds and driving rain. I think both would have expected to offer much more, though.

78
James into Nugent, but he has to turn back. Leicester go wide to Dyer. He feeds the ball inside, just in front of a run from King. Watford can't clear their lines. Leicester seeing plenty of possession.

77
Knockaert into De Laet once more. Yet again the ball runs away from him and behind for a goal kick. He has been a useful out ball for Leicester, but he hasn't done enough with it. He'll keep plugging away.

76
De Laet pushing down the Leicester right again. He gets his head up and looks to hang over another cross, but gets his delivery all wrong and hacks out for a goal kick. Sums up the game at the moment. Same can be said for a chance at the other end, as Briggs arrives at the back post to meet an Anya cross but nods well over.

75
Chalobah can't control a throw to feet and Leicester are let off the hook as the ball bobbles behind. Surprised by the struggles of both sides, as they are much better than they have shown.

74
Schlupp puts an arm on Geijo, who goes down. Leicester man has been booked, but gets away with this one. Back under way, with Geijo slicing an attempted pass on the edge of the box. Briggs involved for the first time, but can't get around De Laet.

73
Pudil's final involvement as he makes way for Briggs. Expect to see a few more changes as both managers look to find a goal and a first leg lead.

72
De Laet loses the ball, but chases back and is caught on the ankle by Pudil as the Watford man slides in. He becomes the latest to see yellow.

71
Rush of blood from Almunia and he is left in no-man's land. Flag up as his clearance lands at the feet of Kane. He isn't to know that as he returns the ball towards an empty net. He fires wide any way.

70
Another Schmeichel clearance gives Kane no chance. He needs to start looking at dropping the ball much deeper. Watford able to play their way out of defence. Better from Vydra as he stings the fingertips of Schmeichel from a tight angle.

69
Vydra into the feet of Geijo, but he loses out. He keeps chasing and ends up being able to hook a cross into the box. Vydra arrives on cue, but fails top get hold of a volley. He looks like a man short on goals. He hasn't found the target since February.

68
Schmeichel with another huge clearance. He is sending the ball too long at the moment, with his latest effort bouncing inside the Watford box and out for a goal kick. His distribution was much better in the first half.

67
Better from Leicester, with Dyer racing down the middle. Doyleye there for Watford to cut out the final pass. The Hornets look to counter. They try too much on the edge of the box and Abdi ends up hauling Nugent to the turf. Frustration from the visitors.

66
Still very scrappy in the middle of the park at the moment. Both sides giving the ball away far too frequently. Plenty of effort on show, but little quality - sadly.

65
De Laet long down the middle. Ekstrand gets lucky as he turns his back on the ball and sees it bounce off him and away from Kane. Watford are then able to go long themselves, only to see Vydra's first touch let him down.

64
Nugent into the feet of Knockaert, who touches on first time. Kane sniffing around, but Doyley is alert to the danger and comes across to clear against the Leicester man and win a goal kick. Almunia with delaying tactics.

63
All a bit scrappy, with no-one wanting to take charge. Leicester change is made, with Kane sent on in place of Wood. Can he make a difference in the final third.

62
De Laet forward once more. He sends over an early cross towards Wood, who knocks his marker out of the way but can't gather for the Foxes. Leicester ready to make the first change of the night.

61
Vydra allowed to wander through the middle and into the box. The ball breaks his way, with no flag raised. He ends up scuffing a shot badly straight at Schmeichel. Great chance goes begging.

60
Anya skips down the right again, but shows too much of the ball to Keane. Watford come again through Hogg. He sends the ball into Schmeichel - neither a cross nor a shot.

59
Pearson laughing with the fourth official on the sidelines. On the field, his side are looking to cause problems. Morgan asking for more from those around him. Crowd doing their bit to get behind the hosts.

58
Watford forced to wait as Leicester take an age to get their wall set. Eventually, Abdi takes and bends the ball around the wall and well wide of the post.

57
Vydra squares for Abdi, who goes wide to Anya. He glides into the box, but scuffs the ball across goal. Leicester can clear. Both sides rushing in the final third. Watford get another opportunity as Keane fells Geijo 30 yards from goal.

56
Schmeichel forced out of his area to deal with a long ball down the Watford right, and he slices out of play. The visitors can push forward en mass. Schlupp then slices another clearance out under pressure from Chalobah.

55
Knockaert tripped inside his won half as Watford mount a bit of pressure. Schmeichel trots out to take the free-kick. He waves everyone forward. His clearance sails long into the arms of Almunia.

54
Knockaert takes for Leicester. He looks for Nugent at the near post, and he is adjudged to have got the final touch as he tries to flick on. The ball appeared to come off Doyley last, but Watford get the decision.

53
De Laet combines with Knockaert and looks to cross early. Watford can only half-clear and James gets a sight of goal. He sees a 25-yard effort loop behind for a corner.

52
Anya has to wait for the ball to be returned to the field from the stands before taking a throw. Leicester win it back, and Schlupp can carry the ball through the middle. He skips into the box, but then lashes well off target. Better from him, until the finish.

51
Watford slow things down on halfway. Vydra then touches the ball on towards Anya, but the ball skips up off the turf and out of play. We need a spark to get things going.

50
Geijo offered a high ball to chase, and he forces Morgan into a sloppy clearance. The Leicester skipper recovers to cut out a cross at the near post. Watford win a throw deep in opposition territory, but fail to make anything of it.

49
Pudil forced to poke the ball long down the left. No-one chasing for Watford and Schmeichel can gather. He fires miles down field. Wood pulled up for a nudge on Pudil. Didn't seem to be too much in the challenge.

48
Intricate build-up from the Foxes as they move from right to left. Schlupp on the overlap, but his low cross isn't the best. Watford can't get out of their own half.

47
Doyley does well to turn and nod out for a throw with Wood running off him and in behind. Schlupp offered few options from the throw and Watford are soon back in possession.

46
Have to point out that Knockaert was booked just before half-time for a shirt pull. He is involved here at the start of the second 45. He takes Leicester to the corner flag, but no joy for the Foxes.

Leicester get the second half under way.

Players back out for the second half and we are ready for the off once more. Will we get a goal?

Adam Rowley says: "Stuck on a train trying to get to watch game. Your commentating is helping. Heard Schlupp is having a mare #keepthefaith."

Lord Jedi says: "Gonna be a City 2 - 1 win - we're going to the final."

Calum says: "Watford to win this 1-0, Vydra."

Chris Green says: "Watford have been very disappointing in front of goal so far - I hope they take a chance soon or Leicester may punish them."

Michael Thomas says: "Happy with the half-time score. Leicester have had some good chances but I think we have the quality to unlock their defence."

Remember you can also bet in-play at Skybet.com. Leicester are now 6/4 to win on the night, with Watford 5/2 and the draw 11/8. You can get 11/4 on the game to end 0-0.

How do you see the second half going? Get your thoughts in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.

Leicester 0 Watford 0. All square at the interval. Nothing to separate these two so far.

45+2
Flag up against Geijo. Leicester waste no time with the free-kick, but De Laet can't get down the right wing. The Foxes go left instead and Schlupp can cross. Cassetti nods clear.

45+1
Wood ends up on the deck as he challenges for a long ball. He is waved back to his feet. The Leicester striker has been quiet so far. Expect more from him after the interval.

Two minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

45
Good burst from Anya to the dead-ball line, but he can't find a team-mate. Watford keep pressing and Pudil sees a shot touched away for a corner. Late chance for Watford. The set-piece finds the head of Ekstrand, but he can only glance wide of the target.

44
Great chance for Keane, which he puts wide. He stays forward from the corner and a long ball finds him all alone 12 yards out. He looks to take a difficult volley first time, and fires wide. A centre--half's finish. He had Knockaert behind him and maybe should have left it.

43
Great pace and skill from Knockaert. He beats Cassetti to a long ball and cuts back from the dead-ball line. He sees a low shot deflected behind off the boot of Almunia. Knockaert takes the set-piece himself, but can't beat the first man.

42
Good hold up play by Wood keeps Leicester on the front foot. He brings Dyer into play again down the left. Another low cross to the front post has Knockaert interested, and he is disappointed not to be awarded a corner as he slides in with Cassetti.

41
Another mistake from Schlupp, but Geijo can't benefit. Schmeichel off his line quickly to gather on the edge of his box. Schlupp is not a full-back by trade, and it's showing tonight.

40
Vydra back with us. The set-piece comes his way, but never reaches him on the edge of the box. Leicester can't counter. All a bit scrappy in midfield. The Foxes are the first to get a foot on the ball.

39
Free-kick finally taken, with Abdi seeing his strike flick off the top of the wall. Schmeichel is left wrong-footed and is relieved to see the ball drop over the crossbar for a corner.

38
Morgan goes into the book. He was the one to trip Vydra and has complained, a lot, about the decision. Vydra back on his feet after receiving treatment.

37
Nugent chases his own flick, but Cassetti is there for Watford. Visitors get the ball down and play into midfield. Good run from Hogg is spotted and as the ball breaks to Vydra, he is upended on the edge of the box. Free-kick in a promising position for Watford.

36
Nugent finds Wood, who returns the ball towards his strike partner. No way through for Leicester, but they try again through Schlupp. He battles away with Anya, and sees the ball bounce off him for a goal kick.

35
King slips past Pudil, but not Cassetti. Watford doing a good job of stopping crosses coming in from open play. They stand their ground and end up winning a throw, allowing them to clear their lines.

34
Anya teasing Schlupp, but he has no room for a cross. Watford work the ball well to Vydra, who tees up Chalobah. He cuts onto his left foot 25 yards from goal, but fires into the hands of Schmeichel.

33
Knockaert swings over the free-kick. Morgan feels he is held back as he tries to get on the end of a touch from Keane. A hand ball shout goes up against Hogg, but it was accidental if anything and nothing is given.

32
Dyer's pace forces Doyley into a hurried clearance. Throw to Leicester. They inch slowly down the left flank. They are then awarded a free-kick as Abdi tumbles into Dyer. Set-piece from a wide post for Leicester.

31
Abdi takes and Leicester can only half clear. The ball is laid off to Anya, who sees a fierce drive deflected behind for a corner. Watford asking a few more questions now. The corner comes to nothing.

30
Anya in behind Schlupp. He goes down after being touched and the Leicester full-back is booked. Free-kick to Watford wide on their right, just about level with the edge of the box.

29
De Laet breaks forward from full-back, but is stopped in his tracks. Hogg prepared to go backwards. Cassetti then goes long, but can't pick the Leicester lock.

28
Hand ball shout against Chalobah, and Leicester get the decision on halfway. Both sides starting to allow a few more gaps to open up.

27
Terrible pass from Cassetti straight to Dyer. He is almost made to pay a hefty price. Dyer picks out Nugent, who arrives in the box late. He looks to steer a shot, rather than blast it, and fires narrowly wide.

26
Pudil with a wild swing at the ball as it drops his way at the back post. He fires high over the top. He had to shoot first time, but was always leaning back.

25
Watford standing firm, they aren't going to let Leicester through. Pearson out on the sidelines barking out instructions.

24
Leicester win a free-kick inside their own half. They go long, but the ball comes straight back at them.

23
De Laet fires a pass into James which he has no chance of controlling. Watford back on the ball in midfield. Doyley leads them forward. Leicester drop very deep and Cassetti fires an ambitious effort from 25 yards inches over the top.

22
Nugent looks to take a long clearance on his chest, but the ball squirms loose. Schlupp takes no chances this time as he hammers a clearance into the stands. He then wins a throw deep inside his own half.

21
Better from the Hornets as they knock the ball around. Hogg touches it down the left, but Anya stands no chance of chasing it down. Leicester happy to take a goal kick.

20
Ekstrand rises with Nugent, and glances back to Almunia. Leicester prepared to go long at times. They have more of a physical presence up front than Watford, who have to stick with their passing game.

19
With a snap shot inside the box. He has five blue shorts in front of him and settles for a corner. Set-piece is played short. Leicester fail to clear their lines, but see Ekstrand send a volley well wide of the target.

18
De Laet down the right towards King, but the ball skips off the surface and out for a Watford throw. The visitors unable to get out of their own half, until Schlupp slips. Geijo races clear, but is denied by Schmeichel. He bounces back up to deny Anya. Great double save.

17
Schlupp forced backwards to Keane, who goes square to Morgan. Leicester looking to play football. Watford with 10 men behind the ball. Both sides determined not to give an inch.

16
Pudil able to see the ball back to Almunia, with Wood lurking. Watford prepared to play their way forward. Nice dummy from Vydra allows him to combine with Geijo. Nothing doing for Chalobah as he breaks into the penalty area.

15
Better from Watford, but Vydra can't help the ball into the box. Anya is then seen off by Schlupp. Foxes working hard to keep the door bolted. Tackles flying in and the hosts look pumped up for this.

14
First set-piece is played short, but the Foxes win another. De Laet meets the second delivery with a powerful header from eight yards out. The ball is fired straight at Almunia. Either side and Leicester would have been in front.

13
The ball drops inside the box for Nugent, but he sees a side-footed effort well blocked. All Leicester at the moment. Pudil concedes another throw. The Foxes hoist the ball into the box, and Almunia flaps a bit. Leicester force a corner.

12
De Laet long down the line for Knockaert. He cuts onto his left foot and sends over a cross which Ekstrand has to nod behind from in front of his own goal. Knockaert over the set-piece, but his delivery is nodded clear at the front post.

11
Chalobah sends the ball out to the right for Anya, but Leicester regroup quickly. They are able to send King bombing forward. Ekstrand in the right place for Watford to hammer into touch.

10
Knockaert hangs the delivery high into the box. Not the best delivery as Almunia is able to wander off his line and pluck the ball out of the air.

9
Leicester looking the more dangerous so far. They are moving the ball around well. Surface has been slickened up by rain. Wood appears to slip under pressure from Doyley, but wins a free-kick.

8
Knockaert running at Cassetti and into the box. No way through and he has to settle for a throw. Hogg then cuts out a run from De Laet, but scuffs his clearance. Schlupp ends up feeding over a low cross from the left, but again nobody in front of goal for Leicester.

7
Cassetti carries the ball out for Watford. They lose the ball again in the middle of the park. Nugent involved again, but he has no space to work in. De Laet then unable to get down the right flank.

6
Anya trips Schlupp. First card of the night as the Watford man sees yellow. Free-kick to Leicester wide on their left, Opportunity to load the box. A host of bodies go towards the delivery, and the ball breaks behind for a goal kick.

5
Leicester's turn to play the ball out from the back. Knockaert forced backwards, with Pudil at his back. Patient build-up from the hosts. Watford getting plenty of bodies behind the ball.

4
Chalobah gives the ball away in midfield and Nugent is sprung into space on the left. He has Dyer bursting past him. He sends over another dangerous cross, but no-one in blue has gambled in the middle.

3
Geijo beats the offside trap to collect a pass from Vydra, but takes too long to set himself. Leicester can counter at pace, with Dyer leading the charge. He sends over a low cross which Nugent cleverly flicks into the arms of Almunia.

2
Wood complaining about the call, but play going on around him. Watford take the opportunity to get a foot on the ball. Abdi dropping deep to get involved. Leicester looking to press high up the field.

1
The ball spends most of the opening seconds up in the air. Leicester able to win a free-kick midway inside their own half. Schmeichel hammers it long and Cassetti appears to glance behind. Goal kick given? Odd decision.

Watford get us up and running.

Great atmosphere inside the stadium, as you would expect. Both sides have goals in them, so here's hoping we are treated to an entertaining encounter.

Players out of the tunnel and we are almost ready for the off. There will be a few nerves knocking around. Who will settle first and get a hold of the game? We are about to find out.

Lee Williams is getting in the play-off mood early. He says: "This is just the starter to the main course tomorrow night, Brighton v Palace, I'm a Brighton fan and I can't imagine how both sets of fans are feeling, I'm nervous and we don't play until tomorrow night, cracking game and think Watford would probably take a score draw and will get it 1-1."

Worth noting that these two sides met at the King Power Stadium as recently as 26th April, with Watford running out 2-1 winners. Past meetings will mean little tonight, though, with the play-offs always something of a lottery.

Chris Green is predicting an away win. He says: "This game is going to be a cracker - I have been looking forward to this match all week. I will be supporting Watford this evening and if they manage to get a win by at least two goals, then that would be brilliant. This game won't by easy for Watford by any stretch of the imagination but if they perform to their potential and don't allow Leicester easy possession, I think they'll nick it 3-1."

Tonight's referee is Neil Swarbrick.

Watford team: Almunia, Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Hogg, Chalobah, Anya, Abdi, Pudil, Geijo, Vydra. Subs: Bond, Hall, Briggs, Eustace, Battocchio, Yeates, Forestieri.

Leicester team: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Schlupp, Knockaert, James, King, Dyer, Wood, Nugent. Subs: Logan, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Marshall, Vardy, Moore, Kane.

You can bet in-play throughout the evening at Skybet.com. Leicester start as favourites at 23/20, with Watford 11/5 and the draw 5/2. You can get 28/1 on Chris Wood to score first and the Foxes to win 2-1.

Can Leicester make the most of home advantage, or will they be stung by the Hornets? Who will be the men to keep an eye on? Let me know your thoughts.

Feel free to offer your opinion on tonight's game by contacting me direct at Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.

Watford, meanwhile, missed out on automatic promotion on the final day and must pick themselves up for another shot at the Premier League - with five of the last seven play-off winners having come from third spot.

Leicester snuck into the top six on the final day, with a dramatic climax to the regular season allowing them to forget about a forgettable run which threatened to end their promotion ambitions.

Welcome to the King Power Stadium for our coverage of tonight's Championship play-off semi final, first leg between Leicester and Watford.

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